The Qabalistic Thoth Hermetic Tarot:3 OF WANDS: VIRTUE& The Barbara Walker-3 of Wands: FATE:
The 3 of Wands Tarot card should be called a Christmas-in Spring-Card, for it is about the Union of Chokma (Masculine Energy
Conscious-King) and Binah (Feminine Energy Conscious-Queen) and the
resulting birth of the Prince which is Tiphareth (Beauty), who is the Christ/Buddha consciousness on the
Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Thoth 3 of Wands is astrologically the entrance of the Sun (circle
with a center dot) into Aries ( the V sign at the bottom), which heralds the
In The Tarot, the Four 3's are associated with Binah who, besides being the "feminine collective" of Maid, Mother and Crone (as shown on the Barbara Walker Card), is also the Great
Mother called UNDERSTANDING. In Understanding, the idea becomes fertilized and a child can be born.
The formulation of the Supernal Triangle,
is a stability that cannot be made unstable, for it is the Plane of the One Mind
. Therefore, we know the Triangle that
begins all birth, as many combinations of 3. For instance,
, each a special perspective on the Female triangle
of Womb-rite, or Father-Son- and Holy Ghost
, each a active part of the
stable foundation of "the Spirit Fire" or rite of Phallus. Then there
is Ocean-Rain-and River,(Womb-rite of Earth)
each a process of Life or Ocean-Sun-and
Earth, a Hermetic Wedding of 3.
While the mind is made up of the Spirit Mind of the Universal
Collective Unconscious, conscious (Son/Sun of God) and the self-conscious (body).
One can go
on and on but in all cases a fertilization is achieved and a child can
The Thoth 3 of Wands is called Virtue,
and/or The Lord of Virtue. Lord is an Anglo Saxon-word, meaning "Guardian of Grain"; hence, "Guardian of
virtue" is another name for this card. Therefore, in this state of conscious energy, the idea of Will and Dominion has become interpreted in Character.
lot has been said, about "Dark energy" and "Dark Matter" but not many understand that the body is merely a
Reflection of your Dark side, which "Pushes you along" (emotion), just as the Dark Energy pushes the Galaxies; the invisible you who is the energetic
majority of You (you are 99.6% invisible) provides your motion. It is in the Dark, warmth, of
your "infinite light" (Spirit) that all Life comes from. The body is
Alive, but in itself, it is not Life, for it is the "self-reflection of Life" and/or "the color of Life"!
As stated, the body
is a Reflection of Life and therefore, one mustthink well from one's deep dark places, to be
Alive and Well!
It pays to remember this axiom,"Do unto another as you
would have done to you."...for that is in itself a Triangle of
three---Idea, Cause and effect. It is unbreakable in its stability. So
it pays to know what your ideas create your fate. If you identify "others" instead
of "Another" , as in, "everyone I see is another way to be me", you will keep lessening yourself until your life force can no longer sustain the body health and balance. To think less of others, is to lessen your self and this generates a deep sorrow in your soul : a loss of Virtue.
Butfear not of thinker of judgment, and gossip, your
thoughts, ideas, and opinions only effect the Cause and Effect of Yourself! Your Self-Image, is a
Reflection, enacted by your Deep Inner Thoughts; the place where self-identity produces the "being". Before each of us gets too far into denial, each of us must remember that there is Only One Self, One Mind, One Energy, and everything that we see, experience or fear, is "Just another way to be Me", of the I AM ME, collective consciousness of the Universal Collective Unconscious of I AM!
Your body, "the Me" who is the
youngest part of the Spiral Entity
that is I AM, is the only one who
feels your thoughts and then must enact them as a emotional (energy-in-motion) self-identity. We are not
responsible for how "others" react to us. We are, however, the manifested response
of reaction to our own thought!
Virtue is Love, and it is smart as it's both wise and
understanding---not the act of a simpleton but of a Powerful Spirit. To
Love Being----is to Be love.
Others are just Another way to be
Divine Children; Children who have the Goddess (Fates/Binah) given Freedom of Choice;
gifted Divine Children, who have a right to their identities, be they
ill or well thought out, for discernment is what all "children" must learn and that requires one to do the "wrong thing", and correct that action, transforming it into "the right thing", i.e., Wisdom.
The Magus knows
, that to be
able to "think"
means you are not the effect called Thought
, but the
of it (Causal Body
of the Human Aura). So my thoughts aren't "my precious", they are the effect of Self-Identity,
that causes the Alive
(Identified) motion, making the body a sacred place and/or laboratory of
Hence, my body is "my precious".
I now have the Knowledge to make,
and remake thought to improve the function of my body, rather than "
think" that I am the thought I think, which errantly makes me believe in every thought I Think! Therefore, generating a feeling of righteousness, meaning that I must defend my thoughts to
the death. Such a defense elevates unproven idea above the Truth of Manifestation! Therefore eliminating the Alive or at the least, enslaving the Alive to
unproven "visions" of fear based thought enforced by "others". This is the reverse of reason, for being Alive is
how Life expands and liberates the manifested consciousness from
self-imposed limits and how the Soul/Psyche learns discernment! To make Thought
Sensual, is to form a screening process, known as The Power of Limitation!
Because of this
Life/Alive process each of us is now a creative Spirit (Life microwave
frequency collective) who can devote our thought- controlled "time/space" to
"expanding and liberating" the Body from the survival thinking of the
animal domain. This in-turn expands and liberates self awareness of both the created and the Divine Creative!
Because of this grand experiment in Self-Awareness, each of us are fated to control our own fate!
"feeling" of sympathy (harmony),
or fear (discord), generated by the communion of idea
sensual- living laboratory, idea becomes experimentation where we can
find the ideas that either free the body from the past, and therefore transforming it (love) or bind it
to the past (fear), leaving it "dead" to today and transformation. Idea is not enough to properly operate the Alive!
Life depends on the Threesome of the Divine Hermetic Wedding
which is the Supernal Triangle made of, Idea
the Beautiful Bright Child called "the Alive"!
When you understand the Threes, you begin to understand your Godhood and/or "virtuous nature". Therefore, Virtue is the harmonious union of I (Chokma), Am
(Binah) and Me (the Persona). It is Spiritual Integrity, as the three
aspects of Spirit are conjoined.
Virtue, is always being true to yourself
this Truth being the union of spirit, body and mind conjoined in
agreement. Some people would call this listening to your heart and
acting with heart felt determination. Of course, without self-trust, Virtue is not
possible and our self-dishonesty will make us victims of our own deceit
which in turn makes progress impossible. Therefore the 3 of Wands card
reminds us to clarify and redefine our Identity to the Original Form of I
AM Me, "The Real Person" called The Soul, and no longer accept identity
from those around us and/or our environment. We are not Man-Made,
are Spirit---a spiral energy conscious that spins through time-space
building self-images from thought, the first material
of Self-Reflection. All of us are the Princes and
Princesses of The Divine King and Queen of this Universe, i.e. Children
of God/the Divine Creative from which we inherit the Universe.
3 of Wands card represents great strength in individual expression
which when ill defined, can also mean egocentricity which may manifest
as pride and conceit. Pride and conceit are easily avoided by treating
others as you want to be treated, although achieving that without Virtue,
is not done.
The 3 of Wands card also symbolizes the Fire of Will, as 3 who are One: #1: "I Will Be"/Kether, #2: "Will to
Force"/Chokmah and #3: "Will of Form"/Binah. Hence, being true to thyself, provides an
increasing energy known as the inner fire and/or inner light; the spiritual power that is inherent in our bodies, and therefore controls our Fate.
we have heard the name of God and/or the Divine Creative defined as I
AM. However, we may have forgotten that the birth of self-image is called "ME". Yet many of our religions say that we are made in God's image which
should give us a identity clue! The 3 of Wands Tarot card represents the creation of the Inner
Fire that builds the Life of the Outer Self out of the Big Three of
Creation: Will (I), Passion (AM) and Intent (Me)! These three, also compose our fate!
All of us have inherited this
that defines Beauty in this physical world...and we are that
Definition of I AM ME! The Birth of Christ,
or the Buddha consciousness
the "Son/Sun" of the Divine Creative, was our first conscious birth (our
Unconscious birth was in the invisible Sephiroth-Daath), represented on
the Qabalistic Tree of Life as the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth/Beauty
should love that inner fire
that enlightens our outer bodies but
many of us seek for it "outside" of ourselves; hence we knowingly or
unknowingly reject our wholly birthright. By being true to yourself, you
can not only "see" the "inner Bright and Warm Higher Conscious", the
"Sun of the Divine Creative, but also feel it and transmit it. However to be true to
you, Virtue must be defined in your actions.
I AM ME and by being the best Me I can be...I see the best you!
Each of us is another way to be Me
and therefore know that Me
is all about possibilities and is not written in non-flowing stone...it's written in the flow of Solar Logos Light! We are the Children of Stars
who came to enlighten ourselves and the children of Planets by making
them in our own image, i.e. giving them our identity. Therefore we are the "god's' who have inherited the Earth! So Adopt your Body
with loving acceptance---as you would the Christ Child because it is
the outer child of the Inner Light! Virtue built the body, so it could Be
itself! Virtue states," I Am the Will and the Way, and I own the Day"!
we can't have days, unless we have forms made of time-space. My body,
makes my day! To Love my body is to have a day of love. Hence, to not love
being, is to not be now and that sadly states that we only have yesterdays.
To avoid being "wanna-bees" (those who don't live in the now) we must
remember our true Virtuous name---I AM and we must love the experience
that name gives us ---"ME"! All other names, are masks of entertainment, i.e. a Persona.
The Thoth Tarot-3 of Wands: VIRTUE and the 3rd Sephiroth-Binah:
By now, you know that Binah is an aspect of your own Energetic Unconscious, The prefix Un tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness, nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Un just designates the Un-seen. Being unseen does not mean less in anyway, anymore than unseen H-bombs lying in your basement are less powerful than the one on your doorstep.
is a child of the Divine Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and
that Mother of consciousness, is Binah. In the Great Sea of
Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form";
Binah is the Great Will to Form of the Sea of Unconscious.
The Texts of the Golden Dawn may have said it best:
In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in
which all colors are hidden, wherein mystery and depth and silence, and
yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There The Supernal
Triad is complete. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathi, or
rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it
ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is
the perfection of Creation and Life of the World to Come. And the
Archangel is Tzaphqiel, the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil
and the name of the Angels is Arahim, the strong and mighty Ones who
are also called the Order of Thrones."
"The order of Thrones" are represented as the Four Queens of the Tarot who are united with the Four Kings. ..Their Husbands and/or consorts.
Thus in the Three of Wands, the Prince of Wands conception is shown as central flames radiating outward form the Supernal Union of the Triad.
THE THREE OF WANDS-VIRTUE,
is also called the Lord of Established Strength.
Well noted, as the Sun is in Aries here. There is great power where the
Sun illuminates Aries, the Cardinal Sign of Fire often called Mars.
The 3 of Wands also represents, the 3rd Sephiroth- Binah influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).
Shown on the Thoth card, the Three crossed Wands
indicate the balance of Chokmah, Binah and the birth of Tiphareth, the
Sun (son), and/or The Prince. Growth begins and is shown on the card as
the unfolding lotus blossoms opening to the Warm and Bright Energy of
To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring.
the blazing colors of the Card show great strength for individual
expression (central Wand). Here also is absolute power that can corrupt
absolutely, thus egocentricity, pride and conceit are lurking dangers.
Yet we have Virtue here, the key to Spiritual integrity and honesty.
The Barbara Walker Tarot-3 of Wands: FATE,
chooses to illustrate the Great Goddess, as the Three Fates; Maid, Mother and Crone. These are the Shakespearean "Weird sisters"; Weird comes from the Anglo-Saxon Word "Wyrd", meaning "To weave" and/or Fate. Each of the trinity has her own wand, while all are also holding the red wand.
The white wand of power is held by the white goddess of birth and growth whose symbol is the New Moon (maid). The symbol of the Full Moon (mother), represents the red goddess of love and battle. While the Old Moon, represented the black goddess (crone) of death and divination.
The triangular alchemical fire, is shown at the top of the card representing the Wands of Tarot.
This famous female trinity is known for once having the power over all the lives of all men and gods. For it is impossible for man or god to escape the final bed "where Wyrd has decided to nail him"[Campbell, C.M., 121-22; Goodrich, 32].
The initial image of the Ternary goddess as Fate and/or Karma, is Kali, as the female Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. Also called, Virgin-Mother-Crone, The Past-Present-Future, birth-life-death, spinner-measurer-cutter (Greek) or in Tibet as her collective is known as The Three Most Precious Ones. Throughout myth the Trinitarian Fate-goddess appeared as the Greek Morerae, the Celtic Morrigan, the Roman, Fortunae, the Norse, Norns all immense Asiatic roots.
To us modern's the Ternary Mother of Fate, is our Unconscious, consciousness, and self-conscious (personality). If all aligned in Self, great harmony/virtue is seen as "life" and if in discord, fate is seen as chaos and/or "bad karma". As all may know, it is our will, passion and intent that decides our fate.
When the Three of Wands -Virtue, is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is experiencing the conjoining of Body, Mind and Spirit.
- Putting thoughts into action.
- Keeping on with present activities for they are conceived and will soon flourish into manifestation.
- Clarity, where you are seeing yourself honestly.
- Established strength in enterprises where collaboration will favor the querent.
- Radiating intention, understanding the Will of Fire and increasing energy to birth ideas.
is a very active card of powerful direction, so it requires us to
understand that Virtue is not chastity, no nothing so obviously
prejudicial, but rather "Always being True to Thine own self". Here
there is a warning not to compromise your inner integrity and passion
- Be as Spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and " Above all things, Know thyself!"
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